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Monday, 10 December 2012

Bob Marley's granddaughter screens new Rasta film

Dec 10 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer


A RELATIVE of Jamaica’s most famous son presented her new film in Stonebridge.

Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, hosted a question and answer session after one of the first screenings of her documentary, RasTa A Soul’s Journey, ahead of its release next year.

More than 100 people turned up to see the film on Saturday, December 1, at the Stonebridge Centre, Hillside.

Ms Prendergast was born in 1984, three years after Bob Marley died. Her family kept alive his beliefs and ideals.

She was raised in the USA by a Catholic father and Rastafarian mother and started to pursue Rastafari beliefs in 2003. Since then she has made a film about her personal and Rastafari history.

The documentary is described as “an illuminating, authoritative and affectionate account of Rastafari as popularised by reggae’s best-loved and best-known icon. In 2003, Donisha answered the call of Rastafari by locking her hair and embarking on a spiritual quest. Although she has been surrounded by Rastafarians, she had not been drawn to the ideology and lifestyle”.

The film deals with the shift in the image of Rastas over the past few decades and the current view of Rastafarians in society and travels from Jamaica to Washington, Toronto, London, Mumbai, Tel Aviv, Cape Town and Addis Ababa.

Bob Marley and the Wailers lived in a house in Neasden in 1972 as they worked to export their reggae music, already popular in Jamaica, to the rest of the world.

A blue plaque was unveiled at the house in September to mark this part of reggae history in Brent.

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